Saturday, June 4, 2011
Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection believe that companies drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation have just about stopped shipping chemically-treated waste water to treatment plants. The DEP had said a May 19th deadline for companies to voluntarily stop taking the waste water to the treatment plants that discharge into rivers. The agency says the plants are ill-equipped to remove all the pollutants. Department spokeswoman Katy Gresh says they've confirmed the transport of the fracking water is down to possibly a handful of trucks in the past 2 weeks, and they are trying to determine if those trucks did indeed carry the waste water.